Research Opportunities with N-ZAP's new Open Access Database

Webinar Description: Join the Municipal Net-Zero Action Research Partnership (N-ZAP) for a webinar about the state of climate action in Canadian municipalities and how N-ZAP’s new report and dataset can serve as a guide on the route to net zero. During this webinar, the database will be introduced and panelists from academic, research and municipal backgrounds will discuss the importance of municipal climate data and how this dataset can be used and further analyzed.

N-ZAP is launching a new report based on survey data collected from 256 Canadian municipalities across 10 provinces. The participating municipalities disclosed crucial information relating to local climate action planning and implementation, GHG inventories, policy interventions and stakeholder engagement initiatives. N-ZAP has also developed an open access database containing a subset of the survey responses based on the consent of the responding municipalities.

Location: Zoom online

Date & time: Wed. June 12 at 1:00PM


  • Dr. Amelia Clarke, University of Waterloo

  • Dr. Adriane MacDonald, Concordia University

  • Dr. Laura Tozer, University of Toronto

  • Simon Glauser, Waterloo Climate Institute

  • Ying Zhou, University of Waterloo

  • Anna Kanduth, Canadian Climate Institute

  • Ian McVey, Durham Region

N-ZAP is a research partnership funded, in part, by the Government of Canada through the Climate Action and Awareness Fund (CAAF) and jointly led by the University of Waterloo, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) Green Municipal Fund (GMF) and ICLEI Canada, working with 11 other academic institutions, and 8 national organizations and 13 municipal partners.


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Amelia Clarke, Professor, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo

Dr. Amelia Clarke has been working on environment and sustainability issues since 1989, including as President of Sierra Club Canada (2003-2006), the first Director of the University of Waterloo's Master of Environment and Business degree (2009-2018) and the Associate Dean Research for the Faculty of Environment (2018-2022). She is a Full Professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) at the University of Waterloo.

Her main research focuses are related to implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals #8, #11, #13 and #17. She leads a $8.5M national team project called the municipal net-zero action research partnership (N-ZAP), and co-leads a second project on youth & innovation. For more details see her Google Scholar profile.

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Adriane MacDonald, Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair in Governance and Sustainability, Concordia University

Adriane MacDonald, Ph.D., is an academic and researcher with expertise in collaborative governance, sustainable development, and municipal climate policy. She is an Associate Professor of Management and holds the Canada Research Chair in Governance and Sustainability at the John Molson School of Business (JMSB), Concordia University.  

Dr. MacDonald is the academic co-chair of working group one within the municipal net-zero action research partnership (N-ZAP). Her research focuses on understanding why business, government, and non-profit organizations partner to address sustainability issues; how partners communicate and collaborate; and how partnerships can be structured and managed to achieve tangible sustainability outcomes. For more details, see her Google Scholar profile. 

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Laura Tozer, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, University of Toronto

Laura Tozer is an Assistant Professor of environmental studies in the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences at the University of Toronto. She researches climate change and urban sustainability governance and policy. Her current research projects focus on how to accelerate equitable transitions to net zero and resilient cities, particularly related to energy transitions and building decarbonization.

Simon Glauser

Simon Glauser, Managing Director, Waterloo Climate Institute, University of Waterloo

Simon Glauser is the managing director of the Waterloo Climate Institute. He oversees the strategic planning and operations, and the development of the organization’s membership and partnerships.

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Ying Zhou, PhD candidate, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo

Ying is a PhD candidate in Sustainability Management in the Faculty of Environment's School of Environment, Enterprise, and Development (SEED). She holds an MES in Sustainability Management from the University of Waterloo and a BSc Honours in Environmental Science from Queen's University. Her current research interests are focused on understanding the configurations of cities as an organizational field in tackling grand challenges and exploring how governance and institutional structure influence the ways the cities plan and undertake actions.

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Anna Kanduth, Director, 440 Megatonnes, Canadian Climate Institute

Anna Kanduth is the Director of the Canadian Climate Institute's 440 Megatonnes initiative. Anna was previously a member of the Institute's mitigation research team, where she contributed to major projects on climate accountability, net zero pathways, and clean electricity. Before joining the Institute, Anna worked as a policy analyst at Natural Resources Canada. She holds a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University. 

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Ian McVey, Manager of Sustainability, Durham Region

Ian McVey, Manager of Sustainability for Durham Region, is responsible for championing climate action both internally through interdepartmental collaboration, as well as externally with local municipalities, utilities, Conservation Authorities, academic institutions, and other community partners. Ian holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Concordia), Masters in Environmental Studies (York), and a Graduate Diploma in Local Government Administration (Western), and has held a variety of roles in both the public and private sector working to advance sustainability transitions.